Com­bat mon­soon skin and hair woes

Dr Blos­som Kochhar shows you how to tackle your skin and hair prob­lems dur­ing the mon­soon.

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To com­bat the at­tack of the mon­soon on one’s skin and hair, a ba­sic list of dos and don’ts must be fol­lowed:

Skin Win

Must Do: The 3-step regime of cleans­ing, ton­ing and mois­tur­is­ing must be re­li­giously fol­lowed. Also, al­ways use a sun­screen be­fore go­ing out. Prefer­ably, use gel-based prod­ucts. Com­bat Sweat­ing: And its con­se­quent ill­ef­fects, by ap­ply­ing a paste of mul­tani mitti (Fuller’s Earth) and water on your body. Al­low it to dry. Rinse with water. Nor­mal To Dry Skin: Mash a ba­nana with a tsp of veg­etable oil. Ap­ply on the face and leave it on for 15-20 min­utes as a face mask till it dries. For Oily Skin: Mix to­gether mul­tani mitti (Fuller’s Earth), gram flour and san­dal­wood pow­der in equal quan­ti­ties. Store in an air­tight con­tainer. For ap­pli­ca­tion, mix 1 tbsp of the pow­der in water to make a paste and ap­ply on the face. Leave it on for 15-20 min­utes and wash it off. It prevents al­ler­gies, puffi­ness and skin dis­eases. Say ‘No’ To Harsh Soaps: That have a dry­ing ef­fect. Mix equal amounts of green gram pow­der, Ben­gal gram pow­der and half the quan­tity of ground fenugreek seeds. Pre­pare a paste by mix­ing all these in rose­wa­ter. Ap­ply gen­er­ously on the en­tire body. This deep cleanses and re­freshes the body.

Al­ways use a sun­screen be­fore go­ing out. Prefer­ably, use gel-based prod­ucts.

Make sure you sleep and eat re­ally well.

Mane Magic

Mild Sham­poo: In­stead of us­ing harsh sham­poos, beat to­gether 1 tbsp of cas­tor oil, 1 tbsp of glyc­er­ine, 1 tsp of cider vine­gar, 1 tsp of yo­ghurt and 1 tbsp of a mild herbal sham­poo. Leave the mix­ture on the scalp for 20 min­utes and wash. Do this at least thrice a week. Gentle Cleanser: Take 1 cup of co­conut milk. To it, add 2 tbsp of gram flour or 1 tsp of shikakai pow­der and mix. Ap­ply on the scalp and mas­sage the mix­ture gen­tly, leav­ing it on for 5 min­utes at least once a week. Frizzy Hair?: Aro­mather­apy has the so­lu­tion. Pre­pare a liq­uid by mix­ing 1 tbsp of jo­joba oil, 3 drops of rose­mary oil, 3 drops of laven­der oil and 3 drops of lemon oil with a wooden or plas­tic spoon. Mas­sage this so­lu­tion well into the hair roots and wash later us­ing a mild herbal sham­poo. Con­di­tion it too. Reg­u­lar use of this recipe pro­motes hair growth as well. Frizzy Hair Pack : Aloe vera gel helps in deal­ing with the frizzy hair prob­lem as it cleans the pores and re­stores the pH bal­ance of the scalp. Ex­tract 1 tbsp of thick pulp from aloe vera leaves. To it, add 1 tbsp of olive oil, 1 tsp of co­conut oil and 2 tbsp of pa­paya pulp. Mix well in a blender. Ap­ply this pulpy mix­ture thor­oughly on your scalp and leave it on for an hour be­fore wash­ing. Avoid: Ex­ces­sive use of blow dry­ers, flat irons, chem­i­cal-based prod­ucts and al­co­hol-based hair sprays.

Live Right

Make sure you sleep and eat re­ally well. Avoid oily food, drink a lot of water and have a bath af­ter get­ting wet in the rain.

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